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Tugging at Sunsets on the Horizon. Wednesday's Homily for the Soul


Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Politics and us as Humans

Politics, like science, is another of God’s instruments. Like all instruments, we need good health and we need balance, or we rust and decay. I use the word, as we cannot avoid that which invades our kitchens, tussles with the very air we breathe.

Nevertheless, my purpose here is to inspire us to go within, to reflect … our candles, covered by adversity in the guise of a virus, has created upheaval yes, but it also highlights some of the ails … the afflictions from which we suffer, wherever we are.

Each man’s death diminishes me, for the microcosm is part and parcel, of the macrocosm, a much larger whole. The Absolute, from the unmanifest, projects that which creates, nourishes and sustains the universe: Love! Perhaps a little more could help us ... perhaps?

Let us try, let us endeavour to reach out to our Hearts, the Inner Voice of conscience, to move away from the spiral, marching straight ahead … following, like the man in the cave, this tiny streak of sunlight. If we do this, then I have faith that we shall arrive Home.


Tugging at Sunsets Upon the Horizon

Poison at the end of the food chain, is very

Rarely its source. Lightning strikes with blinding

Speed, yet the burnt tree knows that it came from

Above the clouds. The tyranny of oppression is not new,

But an enemy of man, sweeping down the path of centuries!

When a dying man says: “I can’t breathe!”, it is really

A complex and repeated echo … a poignant and tragic one

Indeed, leaving the heavy stain of grief, sighing on the living breaths

Of countless souls. Dying from the heartlessness of another,

Re-awakens a cry of longing for equality and justice by the

Oppressed, who seemingly won the battle against the brutality

Of slavery, only to fight another war for survival.

The very presence of excessive greed, defines by nature

Unjust elements in a society, which is either duplicitous,

Complacent, essentially evil or indifferent. There’s an ingrained

History of abuse of power, guilt, discomfort, insecurity and mistrust.


Like all chronic afflictions, the remedy is painfully slow,

And the wheels of pain keep spinning in ghettos.

As such, social disparity prevails, together with hunger

And deprivation, breeding strife in the hearts of the dispossessed,

Their wails running red, all the way back to their ancestral homes.

A man once came to fix my kitchen taps. He took off the

Handles, blew out the dust; put them back together and left.

Within three months, the problem had returned. One needs

New knobs when a tap is broken, just as the hungry need’s

Skills and know-how, in order to help themselves. Handouts,

By nature, will only create more hunger, when another famine

Strikes. O man, teach me to toil; to nurture my own resources.


Each heinous crime diminishes me; weakens the spirit of a

Community which inherently wish to live peacefully side by side,

But is Instead forced to address the causes and ravages of disorder.

So while the light of the firefly, is no match for the stunning

Effects of moonlight, even a candle, can light up the sky!

My eyes are not as powerful as the sun, yet they see

Colossal things. Like moths, some rush to the seeming light,

Which is none other than darkness. Callousness reigns in

Many hearts; the dead blames the ones that are dying.

The cry of each soul longs for freedom, tugging at sunrise upon

The dawn and sunsets on the horizon. Meanwhile, confusion

Reigns In the light of day, while we weep in the shadows,

Striving to Love against a background of pain and complacency.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 2nd June, 2020.

|- Inspiring the Light within -

A Dearth of Love

Make haste this day

Tomorrow is another day and today well spent, prepares and shapes my journey. I rise at dawn, hear the lark sings and aspires to its eloquence and vivacity. The beauty of daffodils and seasonal spring, fills my Heart with wonder and I take in another breath, joyful to be alive.

Sea water rushes towards me, bringing a soothing melody ... a reflective piece of music of everything that is good and noble ... full of Light. I bow in sweet reverence, offer myself to the glories of creation. How I wish that all may breathe this Love.

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Sweet impactful piece from you, Shauna. Much gratitude.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Manatita, this is a very deep piece. I think you've verbalized what's going on with mankind perfectly. It's sad that we are such a disrespectful, inconsiderate, greedy, and downright mean species. Not all of us, of course, but those who are seem to override the good in the world.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Yes Jason.

The joy of service is amazing! I know. Spiritual teachers teach this of course, but it is always so nice to know from experience. I have travelled over 300 times and gone to 45 countries, serving ... serving. My body is tired but the soul is so alive! Serving enlarges the Heart and makes it much more receptive.

Good Brother,

I pray for you and your loved ones. God is always in charge but sometimes there is a much bigger picture than what we see.

1. I read of so many saying how Covid-19 has helped them to deal with themselves ... to introspect.

2. Many here in England are saying that George Lloyd did not die in vain, as he created something much larger on an international scale. Who knows the ways of the Lord? But I hear you. Bill and I seem to agree that what is needed is centering. We have lost our Centre.

So happy to see you! I have a couple of Hubs here dealing with topical ideas but 99 percent of my nearly 800 Hubs are designed to serve in a positive way. Much Love and gratitude.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on June 08, 2020:

The violence on this planet is disgraceful. I know I'm a dreamer, but, why can't we all just get along? It is so much easier to love each other than to hate. Help someone, it feels amazing. You will both appropriate it. Nice job Manatita. Stay safe and healthy.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 04, 2020:

Well, what can I say? I felt the intuitive need to return to how I started. After all, I am essentially a servant of Love. I always respect your kindness, your openness, your broadmindedness ... your ability to show a larger vision ... your concern about injustice. This is a remarkable virtue.

You show a unique understanding of a problem, which has its roots in nearly four centuries. God bless your noble Spirit, Ruby.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 04, 2020:

Manatita. You came through like I knew you would. Although you know that I love your poetic poetry, this was not the time for it. The world is hurting because a black man was murdered by a ruthless officer who cared not about what he was doing to another human being. I watched the video like millions of others and wept. The officers have been charged with murder. Now is a time for healing. Thank you for your heartfelt hub. God bless the world and may each and every heart feel love toward his fellow man. God bless you my poetic friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 04, 2020:

What a sweet and heartfelt piece. We need that kind of humility and openness for a much larger problem.

While America is undoubtedly in the news, it is not specific to America, but to all souls that have lost our way. Ultimately, we are all His. This has always been my message. Much Love, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2020:

You have written this at precisely the right time! We all need to love more, stamp out hate, and do all we can to eliminate injustice in the world wherever it may reside. Blessings to you and everyone on this small planet in which we all live.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 04, 2020:


You even put the line like I've done it! Lol. Until recently, I preferred complete sentences to be on one line, but creativity has shown me, that we can keep the flow and meaning, as long as we use effective punctuation.

Hope you do vote. Obama is encouraging blacks to do this now and Guruji used to say that one should not sit on the fence. Now which is this one line you liked? The 'politics plus or the 'poison plus? One is lofty and the other very deep. Thank you so much. happy voting!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 04, 2020:

Your opening line gripped me. It is Election Day here tomorrow. That said, this poem is very powerful. I find a great message in "My eyes are not as powerful as the sun, yet they see / Colossal ."

manatita44 (author) from london on June 04, 2020:

So sweet of you to say so, Linda C.

I write mostly to the inner Self ... to the varying moods of the soul, but yes, occasionally, when the call comes, I deliberately put the same message in another guise. So happy you liked it. Much Gratitude.


Appreciated. Jai Shiv!

Manju lata from Ambala City on June 03, 2020:

Excellent performance!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 03, 2020:

I have always enjoyed reading your poems and articles, but your recent ones have been especially inspiring. Thank you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Yes, I agree.

But don't see it as one man's act. That's isolation. What occurred was a catalyst for a much larger and more complex problem.

Interestingly, Spirituality asks us to change our Hearts. A man called Christ came and created waves that has lasted for centuries! So did Rama, Krishna, Buddha and so forth.

The point here is not about belief or disbelief, but to show that Love works. It is more selfless giving, more sacrifice for Love that is needed. The Transformation of human nature, one at a time, has a very slow, but positive domino effect. Your husband, children and so forth, will all feel what you practice of the Light. Mines too.

if we say that Christ was a perfect Disciple, we will be right, loosely speaking. But that perfect disciple must start from somewhere. Do you see?

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 03, 2020:

That coldness of heart that could commit such a crime comes from a darkness in the soul.

Will this finally be the point at which we pause and start anew?

One man's act is reverberating through countless people around the globe. The only way we can cure this disease of hatred is by removing the darkness. The light of love needs to shine in all of us a little brighter.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Not a time for chuckles, but you made me smile. Because I'm sometimes wired like Bill, perhaps. This is a very cute piece from you:

"Love can indeed bind us together - I'm not sure if this will be enough." - Lorna Lamon

Actually, looking at it in a mystical way, we can say that Christ gave his all and just see where that got us, even as we hold the sacred book. Still, I know you understand, when scripture says that Love is the greatest. It conquers all! Wishing you a great day, my dear Lorna. Stay well.

Lorna Lamon on June 03, 2020:

Oppression leaves its own particular scar and the pointless and heinous death of George Floyd deepens the scar. This is a powerful and deeply reflective piece Manatita which challenges us all. Love can indeed bind us together - I'm not sure if this will be enough. Inspirational writing.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Indeed, Eric, indeed!! Love you, Bro.


very discerning, thank you. I have a piece which I have quoted for years and still do occasionally:

"Do the work of this world, as though you are always going to inhabit it;

Do the work of the inner world, as though you are going there tomorrow." (Author unknown) Gratitude ... much.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 03, 2020:

Equality and justice should be something we all believe and act upon. To not treat people with respect and equality is something awful. There is not excuse for what that police officer did and I also think the arson and robberies should not happen. I think your article speaks to these problems. Thank you for your poetry, Manatita. God bless you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 03, 2020:

Nice sentiment, beautifully penned. We are well to head the mantra of love.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Yes, Paul. If one knows where to look, the internet is also full of loving compassion these days. Many speakers say what I have said here for 10 years, and they do this in such loving and beautiful ways! Thank you so much!

Bill, we hope. Each one is unique and full of his/her own greatness. We will be joined Bro. Others will come. Peace.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2020:

I'm not sure how long it will take us to correct these injustices, but to do nothing is beneath us.

Blessings to you, Brother!

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on June 03, 2020:

Good poem. I think we can all love more just by seeing and acknowledging the light of God's love in all people. Have a beautiful day.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Thank you, Rosina. Appreciated.

Mary, good to see you. Have you read my poem to you as yet? Have a look. Stay well.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 03, 2020:

You are right, Manatita. Increase the dose of love. It is sad what is happening in our society right now but I think it awakened many of us to do something.

Rosina S Khan on June 03, 2020:

Loved your poem which covers hunger, politics and also sunset. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Rinita, you're quick!

My poem is very deep! Lol. Good morning, my dear. Hope your day continues in the beauty of love and sweetness. Om Shanti!

Rinita Sen on June 03, 2020:

We need a little more love to heal the world for sure and we are all capable of giving. Let the deep rooted cynicism in the society fade out, let there be a healed tomorrow.

Loved your introductory paragraphs and the poem is of course deep.

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